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Brazil to probe FIFA over 'crime of racism'

Updated: 2013-12-04 07:23
By Reuters in Sao Paulo ( China Daily)

Just four days before the draw for the 2014 World Cup, FIFA faced yet another embarrassment when a Sao Paulo prosecutor opened an investigation into possible racism by soccer's world governing body.

A Sao Paulo state prosecutor has asked FIFA and the company it hired to organize Friday's draw to explain why it chose two white-skinned actors to present the televised show instead of two black-skinned actors.

Two Afro-Brazilians had been suggested as possible hosts but were overlooked in favor of light-skinned model Fernanda Lima and her white husband, Rodrigo Hilbert, a TV presenter, news magazine Veja reported without saying how it obtained the information.

Brazil to probe FIFA over 'crime of racism'